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Amherst Show Coming Soon

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Amherst Show Coming Soon
Posted by dmoore74 on Friday, December 27, 2019 4:06 PM

It's only 4 weeks away.  Who's planning on being there?

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Posted by nealknows on Friday, December 27, 2019 4:30 PM

Counting down the days!

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Posted by dstarr on Friday, December 27, 2019 4:56 PM

So is that the 25th of January?? At the usual place?

 

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Posted by cowman on Friday, December 27, 2019 5:15 PM

Sent in my payment for a bus ride and ticket the day the flyer came.  

Great show, but I have learned to plan which booths I want to visit and make a building by building list, with booth numbers.  Makes it so I don't wander around looking for a certain dealer.  There are plenty of other booths that I pass going from preference to preference to keep me busy the whole day.

Yes Dave, the bus ride from VT/NH is the 25th, the show goes on Sunday too.

Have fun,

Richard

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Posted by dmoore74 on Friday, December 27, 2019 5:18 PM

January 25 and 26 at the Eastern States Exposition grounds, West Springfield, MA.

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Posted by KemacPrr on Friday, December 27, 2019 6:12 PM

I'll be there all weekend as I have for the past 23 years !!!  A very enjoyable way to spend a winter weekend in January !!! 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, December 28, 2019 5:33 PM

I have moved from the Boston area to Delaware, so, no, I won't be at this show for the foreseeable future.  But, it's one worth taking in.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:15 PM

I hope to make the Springfield Show in 2022. In 2020 I am going to the October Timonium Train Show.

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They still have the October Show dates lilsted as "Tentative" on their schedule. I hope they solidify the date soon, or I might not be able to work my schedule around the show.

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Posted by fmilhaupt on Monday, December 30, 2019 10:16 AM

This year, it'll be my eighth annual "Great Winter Road Trip" to The Show.

745 miles each way, with three friends along for the ride.

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Posted by BMMECNYC on Monday, December 30, 2019 8:55 PM

Elk Creek Logging Company will be at the show, Young Building 74.

Rule 108: In case of doubt or uncertainty, the safe course must be taken.

https://www.facebook.com/elkcreekloggingcompany/

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Posted by dmoore74 on Friday, January 3, 2020 8:42 AM

3 weeks and counting.  What's on your shopping list?  Kalmbach Publishing will be in the Better Living Center, Section 21, Tables A, B, & G.

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Posted by Brammy on Friday, January 3, 2020 8:55 AM
I am going on Sunday. I prefer the less crowded option. My shopping goals are simple; - A smooth-side Lackawanna passenger car - a gondola or two - Maybe an intermodal car. I expect the first one to be hard to find. Older Rivarossi cars can be tough to find at shows.
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Posted by buoyboy on Friday, January 3, 2020 10:32 AM

We'll be there both days. It takes me two days to see it all. I usually do the Better Living, Stroh and Young buildings on Saturday and leave the Mallary building for Sunday. I've got a shopping list made up, but the best thing about that show is finding stuff there that you didn't know existed.

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Posted by Tophias on Friday, January 3, 2020 7:09 PM

Living in the NW suburbs of Boston, it’s only an easy 1 1/2 hours away.  Been attending for probably 15 years, almost every year.  Last year “stumbled” over Berrett Hill Trains, i.e. Touch Toggles.  Spent 30 minutes with Kevin and decided to do a “make over” of my 10 track yard panel so as to have turnout indication.  It‘s my present major project ( got a late start last year and I tend to take spring and summer off from our hobby for golf, Corvette, and other summer activities).  Hopefully should get it finished before Springfield.  Regardless, my point is, if you can afford the time, you just might find a vendor/product that you might not have considered anything about.  If it is something/someone associated with our hobby, you’ll find it there.  It’s one of the very few things I look forward to every year, hobby related or not.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Friday, January 10, 2020 9:17 AM

We're now down to serious countdown time, two weeks until showtime.  If you check the show website you can find the list of vendors as well as the floor plan for all 4 buildings.  You shouldn't have any problem locating Monson #3 operating outside the Better Living Center.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Monday, January 13, 2020 8:50 AM

Updated show information is now available in the Upcoming Events in the Resources section of the forum.

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Posted by KemacPrr on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:15 PM

Here's hoping that Mother Nature is nice to us that weekend. Looking forward to another fun weekend at the show. ---- Ken 

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Posted by dmoore74 on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:48 PM

One week to go.  The larger layouts will begin setting up on Thursday.  Vendor tables will be put in place and most dealers will arrive on Friday  Monson #3 should arrive late Friday afternoon.  The track will be put in place and she'll be under steam Saturday morning to sound the opening whistle at 9:00AM.  Check the show web site for the vendor list and the floor plan so you can get the maximum benefit from your visit.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Monday, January 20, 2020 7:17 AM

If you're unable to attend in person, check the Virtual Railfan web site.  They are planning on doing live feeds on both days of the show.

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Posted by chutton01 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 10:49 AM

Medium range weather report from the NWS for West Springfield states rain/snow likely both Saturday and Sunday, temperatures above freezing howevrr...

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Posted by dmoore74 on Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:17 PM

Tables are set up.  Layouts are being assembled and tested.  Friday will see the dealers arrive as well as Monson #3.  #3's whistle will sound to open the show on Saturday.

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Posted by chutton01 on Friday, January 24, 2020 8:52 AM

W. Springfield Saturday weather outlook is somewhat improved, temperatures predicted to be warmer, rain starts in the afternoon. Sunday is supposed to be just cloudy with decent tempaturess.

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Posted by Brammy on Friday, January 24, 2020 11:21 AM

Also, the parking lot has areas that turn to mud after a heavy rain, so wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, January 24, 2020 11:30 AM

Brammy

Also, the parking lot has areas that turn to mud after a heavy rain, so wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty.

Or ... if it happens to be like it was on 3 of my visits to Springfield, be prepared to freeze your **** off.  On one trip I was driving a new Toyota east on 90 to the show and there was a freezing rain.  I cleared my windshield before leaving but my defroster could not keep up with the freezing ice buildup and it got so I couldn't see out at all and had to pull over and manually clear the windshield several times.  The car couldn't de-ice it faster than it formed on the windshield.  That was insane, but I endured and made it there.

I'm way to far away to make it worth the trip after moving to Virgina and my wife is long suffering enough getting dragged voluntarily to the Timonium show 3 times a year plus one or two Greenbergs.

I am looking forward to what will be announced at this show - as many model train companies hold announcments to Springfield show day.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, January 24, 2020 8:36 PM

While it seems insane that they had a Maine 2' steam loco delivered just for the show, don't waste anytime on the Youtube delivery video. 

For the entire 13 minutes absolutely nothing happens to the loco sitting on a flatbed.

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Posted by Harrison on Friday, January 24, 2020 9:06 PM

BigDaddy

While it seems insane that they had a Maine 2' steam loco delivered just for the show, don't waste anytime on the Youtube delivery video. 

For the entire 13 minutes absolutely nothing happens to the loco sitting on a flatbed.

 

I skimmed it, but it was still a waste of time. It would be cool to see that going down the highway though...

BTW, for those wanting the link to the live stream, here it is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ-X5E3xaNk

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Posted by BigDaddy on Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:44 AM

Watching the live stream.  Does anyone else feel like a peeping tom?

It's not very crowded.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:29 PM

Announcements I have heard so far:

Tangent:  their first caboose - a series of B&O/Chessie era bay window ICC cabooses - gorgeous and fans of those and related will be very happy.

ExactRail: another steel coil car.

ScaleTrains: 5 unit early "Back Pack" double stack articulated well car TT and K-line.

Athearn: new SD80MAC Genesis

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:37 PM

riogrande5761
Announcements I have heard so far:

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So far nothing I can use.

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Sad

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Oh well.

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-Kevin

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Posted by dmoore74 on Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:11 PM

Saturday attendance 11,081.

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